EMWF Book Club: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

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Tuesday August 25, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)

Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars

Vish Khanna

Sign up for the EMWF Book Club and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between bestselling author Emma Donoghue, and Vish Khanna. Registered book club members can submit their questions for Emma ahead of time for a chance to ask them during the event!

This event includes closed captioning.

Pre-Event Discussions with Idea Exchange

Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.
Grab your favorite bevy as we sit down via zoom and talk about The Pull of The Stars, Emma Donoghue’s newest book. Kayleigh Platz will be leading this book talk and will be exploring the book’s themes, characters, and more. Details and registration available on Facebook or Idea Exchange's website.

Friday, August 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Love to discuss the nuances of a great book? Our Preston Book Club meets monthly to discuss a set title, share our thoughts and learn more about the books we love. This month's title is The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. Details and registration.
Need the book?

The Bookshelf is our bookselling partner for this event. Limited signed copies of The Pull of the Stars are available for pre-order if you order by July 20. If you would like to pre-order a signed copy, purchase online at bookshelf.ca or call 519-821-3311 x1. Your order will be available for pick-up or delivery on July 21 (the book’s release date). 

The Pull of the Stars
by Emma Donoghue
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM.

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge, England, before moving to Canada’s London, Ontario. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (The WonderSlammerkinLife MaskThe Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (AkinStir-FryHoodLanding). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards.
Based in  Edmonton, Alberta, Vish Khanna has played in several bands and he hosts a renowned topical interview podcast called Kreative Kontrol. He is an Assistant Editor at Exclaim! Magazine, where he oversees the Comedy section, and he’s a co-organizer of the Long Winter arts series in Toronto, where he hosts a monthly talk show called Long Night with Vish Khanna. He was a Host and Producer at CBC Radio 3 and is an on-air columnist for the CBC Radio One program, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. He wrote a monthly arts column for the Guelph Mercury Tribune and his written work has also been featured in PitchforkNOW, the AV Club, the Globe and MailSpinner, Huffington Post, Signal to Noise, Aux, Eye WeeklyChart AttackOff the Shelf, and more. He began organizing and promoting concerts in Guelph in 1997 and did so sporadically until 2019 (including December’s annual Stay Out of the Mall mini-festival), under the moniker KYEO, which is a reference to a Fugazi song of the same name. He once co-hosted CFRU 93.3 FM‘s  The Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show! with his wife Michelle.

Thank you to our supporters:
The Angel Gabriel Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, League of Canadian Poets, Open Book, The Ontario Arts Council, The Pollock Family Fund and Wellington County.